Happy New Year! I know many of you are still on vacation so I promise to keep this one short and to the point.
Many of us begin thinking today what we will resolve to do (or not do) in 2018.
A resolution, in fact, is just this, "a firm decision to do or not do something."
Like you, In the past I have made many types of New Years Resolutions:
- Personal: Eat right, exercise more and lose 10 pounds.
- Professional: Increase sales by 20% by becoming more customer-centric.
- Family: Become a better listener when talking with my wife.
- Spiritual: Read through the Bible in a year.
All good stuff. I am sure many of you are making resolutions and talking with your friends and family about them even today.
I thought I might challenge you to add a category this year. In addition to your personal, professional, family, and spiritual resolutions to think about a resolution to improve your leadership.
Here are 10 Ideas to help you start to think about what you could resolve to change in 2018 when it comes to your leadership. I pulled this list from some of our more popular blog posts this year and have included a link to some of them just in case you want to read more on a few of these subjects.
- Reflect on Being a Great Leader and what is keeping you from being great. Who among us doesn’t want to be seen as a great leader? And yet so many of us have some barrier that we just don’t want to see or do anything about. (Do You Make These Leadership Mistakes)
- Work on your values before your vision. Define what is important to you as you begin to sculpt your vision for yourself and your followers.
- Spend less time working and more time thinking. This idea runs counter-culture to our “doing” mentality. Perhaps you need to work less and think more to enhance your ability to lead. (Solve This Riddle and Challenge Your Leadership Perspective.)
- If you were a brand (like Kleenex or Toyota,) what would your value proposition be?
- Who in your organization do you need to network with? (Who Else Wants to Develop as a Leader?)
- What piece of FeedForward advice do you need to seek out? In our organizations, we are so good at feedback. We just love telling people what we observed them doing. Why not start a culture of FeedForward? Perhaps we could all get a little better at offering some solutions in addition to what we see in others that we don’t like. (What advice would you give this first time leader)
- What cycle of negative thinking will you break this year?
- How are you resting in the middle of your workday? Studies are showing how important rest is for leaders to maintain their effectiveness. How are you cycling your work to maximize your performance?
- Take your emotional intelligence temperature. Are you able to choose how you react or are you “slave” to your knee-jerk reactions?
- Whatever change you make, put a plan in place to sustain it.
I am looking forward to being with you on your leadership journey. If there are subjects you would like tackled on these pages just drop me a line. I am happy to do the research and then write about what interests you.
My prayer for you is that you have a productive and effective year as a leader.
Blessings to you and your families.
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